The action is what I would call "dry fly" action and is slightly stiffer than many bamboo rods. The original tube does have 2 dents in it (see photo). If you want a solid classic bamboo fly rod, you will like this! I have not tried to clean anything on this rod. The item "Phillipson Peerless 8' 5 Original Awesome Clean Condition Rare Find & SOLID" is in sale since Sunday, July 12, 2020.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Fishing\Rods\Fly Fishing Rods". The seller is "anglelife" and is located in Bozeman, Montana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.